HS2

23.07.18

Bombardier and Hitachi launch legal challenge against TfL Tube contract

Hitachi and Bombardier have commenced landmark legal proceedings against TfL for its decision to award a contract to build Tube trains to Siemens.

Papers filed at the High Court over the weekend indicate that directors at Japan’s Hitachi and Canada’s Bombardier feel TfL did not follow the proper procurement process in its awarding of the £1.5bn contract to build 94 new-generation Tube trains for London’s Piccadilly Line.

TfL’s decision to award the contract to replace the ageing trains is part of the larger Deep Tube Upgrade Programme to create an extra 150 trains for the Central and Bakerloo lines of the Underground network.

Siemens’ offer was sweetened by the pledge to create a new £200m mobility factory in Goole, Yorkshire, which will employ up to 700 people in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles, plus an additional 250 people during the construction phase of the factory. By the completion of the factory, Siemens said, as many as 1,700 indirect jobs would be created throughout the UK supply chain.

But Bombardier and Hitachi, who have joined forces in a consortium for the TfL contract as well as the HS2 rolling stock bid, contested the decision to award the contract to Siemens by highlighting their own train assembly plants which are already built in Derby and County Durham.

In a statement, the consortium said: “We can confirm that we have issued claims in the High Court against London Underground Ltd’s decision not to select our consortium bid for the deep Tube upgrade programme.”

Further details of the legal action have yet to be released.

A spokesman for TfL said: “We have been notified that they have issued claim forms in the High Court. We will review these claims and will respond to them. We see no good basis for these claims to be issued and are disappointed that these companies have chosen to take this step.”

In 2011 Siemens controversially won the £1.6bn contract to provide trains for a Thameslink rolling stock deal where trains would be built in Germany.  The head of the division responsible for the funding of the stock says financing was a “key factor” for the German company winning the award.

TfL and Bombardier are currently working together to provide five more Elizabeth Line trains in a £70m deal.

Enjoying RTM? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >